The alternate universe of offices
The Hustle reports that a recent study out of Harvard Business School has found that open plan offices are actually bad for business, decreasing face-to-face colleague interaction by 72%. According to the article, the HBS study is one of many that delivered similar findings. For example, open office plans result in an average 15% decline in productivity, a 50% increase in the likelihood of getting sick and an increase in the number of distractions per hour. Open plan workspaces may be trendy and inexpensive to set up, but it looks like these "benefits" don't come cheap for businesses in the long run.